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David Bogie is aiming to speed towards Sperrins win

By Sammy Hamill

Published 07/05/2015

Contender: David Bogie contests Tour of the Sperrins
Contender: David Bogie contests Tour of the Sperrins

Former British junior champion Marty McCormack and 2013 Scottish champion David Bogie add spice to an over-subscribed entry for this weekend's fourth round of the Northern Ireland rally championship, the Tour of the Sperrins.

The Maghera-based event, re-named the Ryan Bradley Memorial Tour of the Sperrins in honour of the young Magherafelt Club driver who died when his Ford Escort crashed into a reservoir during the Down Rally last year, is local territory for McCormack who should have been preparing for Rally Portugal and a return to the World WRC2 championship with his S2000 Skoda Fabia.

But work commitments mean he has had to change plans and instead will use Saturday's all-tarmac Sperrins event as a warm-up for a trip to Belgium and the European championship Ypres Rally next month.

Bogie, who has already won twice this season in the uprated Fiesta and tied for first place on the gravel of the Granite City Rally last weekend, brings the M-Sport designed car to Northern Ireland for its first run on tarmac.

The Sperrins line-up is headed by last year's winner and five-times NI champion Derek McGarrity in his S14 Subaru with Desi Henry at two and Paddy McVeigh three, also in Subarus. Bogie is four with McCormack five and the top six completed by the WRC Mini of Derek McGeehan.

Leading Ford Escort drivers in the capacity 90-strong line-up include Camillus Bradley, Frank Kelly and Alistair Cochrane.

The rally will also feature round three of the R2Wales competition in which a young driver will earn a Citroen R3 drive on Britain's round of the World championship in November.

Robert Duggan makes the long trip from Killarney to take on the likes of Jon Armstrong, Callum Devine, Calvin Beattie and Alan Smith.

The MKS sponsored rally starts from Maghera on Saturday at 10.15am and covers seven stages.

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